Category: AFC East

Patriots lose a much needed pass rusher

derek rivers

The New England Patriots used their top selection, a third round pick, on Derek Rivers from Youngstown State. Rivers spent his college career terrorizing quarterbacks, and was expected to do much of the same in Foxboro. Rivers, who was already a hot name in small school draft circles, really boosted his stock with an outstanding showing at the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Bill Belichick has never been afraid of throwing the dice on small school prospects, and generally comes out on the winning side. Though Rivers is an exceptional prospect athletically, the question was if his skill set was translatable. He was showing his ability in joint practices with the Houston Texans, dragging down Tom Savage for a sack at one point. In an unfortunate turn of events, the former Youngstown State defensive end went down with a knee injury while covering a kickoff. Though he walked off the field under his own power, it was later determined Rivers had torn his ACL and sprained his LCL. It looks like he may be lost for the season, whch depletes an already thin position for the Patriots. They will probably look to upgrade their depth, via trade or a signing.

Though its a tough pill to swallow for the young rookie, Derek Rivers is a hard worker and is devout in his faith. Expect this young man to battle back, and be better than he was prior to the injury. Speedy recovery Derek.

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NFL BUZZ

SIGNING: The 49ers have agreed to terms with veteran linebacker Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil recently spent four years with the Ravens before being cut from the team this offseason. This move was announced by new general manger John Lynch. The terms of the contract have not been released yet, but it is believed to be a two year deal. Dumervil took to Twitter following the news breaking. ” After much thought and prayer I have decided to join the 49ers! I’m looking forward to getting to know the NFC West QBs! See ya soon SF.” Dumervil made the Pro Bowl back in 2014 and 2015. He is a good experienced player who brings veteran leadership to a young 49ers team. This is another wise move I Believe GM John Lynch has made. Many were skeptical of him becoming the GM, but I believe 49er fans should be excited what he is putting together in San Francisco.
SIGNING: It looks like the Seahawks have given up on signing Colin Kaepernick as the backup to Russell Wilson. They have signed quarterback Austin Davis to a deal. Albert Breer of MMQB reported the deal is one year $775,000. Davis has not played in a NFL game since 2015. He recently spent time with the Broncos, but never saw the field. Throughout his years in the NFL the 28 year old Has 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Back to Kaepernick him and the Seahawks were on a verge of a deal, but they could not get the money right. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said ” he is a starter in this league”. I’m a bit surprised a deal could not come through with them. Kaepernick will continue to look for a new home. As for Davis he will compete with Trevone Boykin for the backup role.
OFF FIELD ISSUE: The off field issue to discus involves a couple Jet players. A video has surfaced of defensive player Leonard Williams holding back fellow team Darron Lee from a argument with a girl. According to reports Lee was harassing and becoming physical with a woman. Before things got out of hand Williams stepped in and picked up Lee and carried him away. This was all happening at a music festival. Lee apparently threatened Williams to let  him go. Williams than picked Lee back up after he tried to push his way through to go back to the girl. Nothing has been confirmed yet , but here is what I have to say about this situation. Lee has to grow up, and Williams Showed true maturity. The Jets should be proud of Williams as this action is a type of action that will mold him into a team leader.
CUT: The Jets have made another questionable move. ESPN Adam Schefter reported the Jets have released 10 year veteran linebacker David Harris. This move was really surprising to everyone. Harris was not even expecting to be cut. Another reason this is confusing. The Jets are a young team. A veteran like Harris is what they need to lead and be a teacher to the younger players. Jets apparently though have different plans. Harris is a well respected player. He does his job, and when the whistle blows he is done. He is a clean player, and he is also a good leader to younger guys. This move will save the Jets 6.5 million dollars. Harris is in a tough spot now with the offseason winding down. Teams still need linebackers, but he will have to learn new schemes so it may be a little difficult for him. Harris may have a hard time finding a team now , but we will see how that develops. Retirement may also be a option.

OTHER QUICK NEWS
Chargers first round pick Mike Williams may miss rest off offseason activities with a disc injury in his back.
Rex and Rob Ryan were involved in a bar fight against a unknown man.
Lions OT Taylor Decker could miss beginning of season with a shoulder injury.
The Jets have alerted receiver Eric Decker that he will be released or traded by the end of the week.

Dolphins 53 Man Roster Prediction Part 1 (QB, RB, WR, TE)

 

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This is a way to early prediction because training camp has not even begun yet, but let’s take an early look of what the Dolphins roster may be looking like this year. I’ll break it down position by position, and you will get a more in depth look on who the Dolphins player rotations consist of.

Let’s begin at the Quarterback position I believe the Dolphins QB situation is fairly simple. Ryan Tannehill is going to be the starter and Matt Moore is going to back him up. They could add a third QB just for some insurance, but I doubt that happens. Ryan Tannehill is fully healthy following his season ending knee injury last year , and Matt Moore is a very good experienced backup QB. My prediction is Dolphins stick with just two quarterbacks.

 

Depth Chart QB:

1. Ryan Tannehill

2. Matt Moore
Next up is the Running backs. The leader of this group is Jay Ajayi. Ajayi will be looking to impress again this year following his break out season last year. Ajayi will the the workhorse back for the Dolphins again , but someone who I’m looking forward to see progress in his sophomore year is Kenyan Drake. Drake is explosive and I expect a bigger role for him this year. After Ajayi and Drake I see Damien Williams and De’Veon Smith making the roster. Williams was mostly used in the red zone last year and I expect the same this year. Finally De’Veon Smith. Smith is an undrafted signing the Dolphins picked up this year. He is a man that I believe could be a major steal. My prediction is eventually I see him beating out Williams for the third spot on the depth chart.

Depth Chart RB

Jay Ajayi

Kenyan Drake

Damien Williams

De’Veon Smith
Now let’s talk about the men who catch the ball. The Receivers and Tight Ends. The Dolphins receiving situation looks like this. They have three main targets. Jarvis Landry who runs the slot , and is maybe the best slot receiver in the NFL is the number one receiver. Than you have a hungry DeVante Parker who is looking to show the league he is the real deal. He is Big and explosive and many throughout the Dolphins organization are expecting a lot from him. Finally it’s capped off with Kenny Stills. Stills returned to Miami when he didn’t have to this offseason. He had higher offers from other teams but came back to Miami. That choice made him a fan favorite to many Dolphins Fans. He is the deep man. He will score the long touchdown , he is a real spark to this team. These three are all extremely talented and I expect a lot from them.
To round of the receivers I have Leonte Carroo, Rashawn Scott, Isaiah Ford, and Jakeem Grant grabbing spots. All of these guys are not 100% locks on making the roster though. Carroo has a lot to prove. He had a down rookie season and did not play to his full potential. This kid could be very good , and I think he has it in him. Dolphins are expecting a lot more from him this season being they traded away some picks to draft him last year. If Carro cannot produce I believe Scott can produce. He is underrated in my eyes and I believe he could be a factor this year in the Dolphins offense. Ford was drafted in the seventh round this year. He is extremely talented , and I don’t see him being cut although I don’t expect to see him much on the field. Finally Jakeem Grant. Grant is explosive but undersized. If Grant can prove he is worthy enough of a spot I think he will have a big special teams role , but I also believe he could find a role on offense. It’s a stretch of a prediction but I say Jakeem Grant turns some heads this offseason, and makes some big plays on offense this year.
Next up is the Tight Ends. Dolphins lost their starting tight end from last season. Dion Sims left them to go to the Bears. This was a position in question after that move , but I believe the Dolphins did a nice job fixing it up. They traded for Julius Thomas. Thomas was an elite target in Denver , but faded off when he went to Jacksonville. The offensive coordinator in Denver when Thomas was their was Adam Gase. Hopefully Thomas returns to his elite level now being reunited with Gase. They then signed veteran Anthony Fasano. Fasano is a very good blocking tight end who will be good insurance for injury prone Julius Thomas. The Fasano signing may have been one of the Dolphins smartest moves this offseason. As I said he blocks, he catches , and he will do the dirty work. He is a all around great team player. They will fill the third TE spot with Marques Gray who is a good player. He will fill in when needed .

Depth Chart WR

Jarvis Landry

DeVante Parker

Kenny Stills

Leonte Carroo

Rashawn Scott

Isaiah Ford

Jakeem Grant

Depth Chart TE

Julius Thomas

Anthony Fasano

Marques Gray

 

The Following segment will consist of O-Line, D-Line , and Linebackers. As of now though there is a closer look at the Dolphins Skilled Positions.

Miami Dolphins 2017 Win-Loss Prediction

The Miami Dolphins made the playoffs last year for the first time since 2008, under first year coach Adam Gase. The question now is, was it a one year fluke or is this the start of a new era for the Dolphins. If the Dolphins want to make it back to the postseason, they don’t have an easy path. This years schedule has been released, and the Dolphins have the sixth hardest Schedule amongst the NFL. I believe the Dolphins can build off of last year’s success as long as injuries do not become a factor. This is a young team who is hungry for success with a win now approach.

 

Dolphins-Ndamukong-Suh-has-has-another-strong-game.jpgThe Dolphins only play 7 home games this year. They play a game in London this year , and they are considered the home team. As exciting of an experience it is to play it London, it is kind of unfortunate. In reality, a home game is taken away. Let’s take a look at the Dolphins schedule.

Week 1: Home Buccaneers
Week 2: Away Chargers
Week 3: Away Jets
Week 4: Home Saints (London)
Week 5: Home Titans
Week 6: Away Falcons
Week 7: Home Jets
Week 8: Away Ravens
Week 9: Home Raiders
Week 10: Away Panthers
Week 11: Bye
Week 12: Away Patriots
Week 13: Home Broncos
Week 14: Home Patriots
Week 15: Away Bills
Week 16: Away Chiefs
Week 17: Home Bills

Week 1 ( Buccaneers) – Home and Season opener I believe the Dolphins will thrive in this game and show the league they are no push over anymore. I do believe they come out with a win in this game, but it will not be easy. Mike Evans will be hard to contain, and the Buccaneers have a stingy defense who have a lot to prove to. Both of these teams are in the same boat. Both are young and hungry for success. This game should be entertaining, a nail biter, and I believe the Dolphins start the season on the correct note.

Record : 1-0

Week 2 (Chargers)- Last year these two teams faced off , and they put on a show. The game was capped off with an interception by Dolphins Linebacker Kiko Alonso who returned it to the end zone to seal the game. Talent wise the Dolphins are a more skilled team. The Chargers are a aging team that has much more experience though. The Chargers are a good team, but I don’t believe they will be able to handle the Dolphins explosive offense. However, you have to consider the weapons the Chargers have gained including a returning Keenan Allen and new rookie receiver Mike Williams. My prediction is the Dolphins get a early lead , and than run away with the game. The hot start will continue through week 2.

Record 2-0

Week 3 (Jets)- To put this in a Simply way the Jets are in the rebuilding process. No one knows who will be the Quarterback, the Defense is shaky although I really do like the pick they used in the first round. They selected LSU safety Jamal Adams. I believe he will become a instance leader for their young D. After all of that though the Jets will struggle to win this year. The Dolphins swept their Division foes last year, and I suspect the same to proceed this year. Dolphins win in a blowout, and people start seeing the Dolphins are for real.

Record 3-0

Week 4 (Saints)- All time the Dolphins are 1-2 in London games. I personal can’t stand the London Games as I believe it can mess a team all up. People don’t realize how much a effect going through time zones really has. Dolphins Star Running back Jay Ajayi is from England, and he will have a field day in this game I believe. Saints have a explosive offense , but the defense is not a solid group. This game has all the making to be a shootout. Dolphins win in England in a close high scoring game.

Record 4-0

Week 5 (Titans)- The hot start comes to a end in week 5. They won’t be 100% coming back from England. Also to top that off the Titans are a young and explosive team ready to breakout. QB Marcus Mariota will have a very explosive year, and he has some major weapons. They will be a exciting team to watch. Titans blew the Dolphins out last year. I would not be surprised if the same happens this year. Week 5 will be the week the Dolphins come back to earth. Dolphins lose.

Record 4-1

Week 6 (Falcons)- Away game against the defending NFC Champ will be no easy task. One Main problem is I don’t think the Dolphins have a man who can guard Julio Jones the whole game. The Falcons are dominant in almost every facet of the game. They should of been the Super Bowl champ , but crumpled apart in the second half. If the Dolphins won this game it would show a lot. It would show this team is ready to try to take the crown from the Patriots in the division. As good as all of that sounds I don’t believe it will happen. Dolphins suffer back to back defeats.

Record 4-2

Week 7 ( Jets)- As I said earlier the Jets will be a miserable team. Home or Away the Jets really will have no advantage at all this year. Maybe next year will be a different story , but it’s not next year. The Dolphins win in dominant form once again. They will look to start a win streak back up with this win.

Record 5-2

Week 8 (Ravens)- Last season the Ravens ended Miami’s lengthy win streak by absolutely destroying them. This was a wake up call for them. That defeat showed them they were not as good as they thought. I don’t think that game has really slipped there minds. The Dolphins will look go to get a little payback in a Defensive game. Both teams have seriously upgraded the defensive side of the ball. That’s why I believe this game it may be hard to score. This game will be a hard thought grueling game that I think the Dolphins prevail In a close one.

Record 6-2

Week 9 (Raiders)- This is a prime time game for the Dolphins. All eyes will be on them. The Raiders have a dynamic offense witch includes Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch who is fresh out of retirement, and finally Amari Cooper. Plus they have a stingy Defense who does whatever it takes to get the job done. I suspect the Raiders to be Super Bowl Contenders this year. This game will be a very good game I believe. If the Raiders were home I would pick them I believe , but they are not. The Dolphins win a close game.

Record 7-2

Week 10 (Panthers)- The Panthers are looking for some revenge following last season. They went from one of best to the worst team in a matter of a year. I believe this will be a extremely tough team to beat this season. Cam Newton will be back to his MVP caliber plus he has a very exciting new weapon he can use to his disposal. His name is Christian Mccaffrey who could easily be debated as the most explosive rookie this year. This is a team I don’t believe the Dolphins defense will be able to contain. The Dolphins will take a step back this week , and take a loss to the Panthers.

Record 7-3

Week 11 – Bye Week

Record 7-3

Week 12 (Patriots)- This is the first match between the two rivals this year. I don’t think I really have to say it. The Patriots are a really talented football team. Somehow they seemed to of gotten so much better this offseason. They turned one of the top Defenses into a even better one , and they also acquired one of the best playmakers in the NFL Brandin Cooks. They make few mistakes, and capitalize on the opposing teams mistakes. I do believe the Dolphins will steal one game from New England this year , but not in this game. Tom Brady will lead the Patriots to a demanding win in week 12.

Record 7-4

Week 13 (Broncos)- Dolphins will get back on track in week 13 with a win against the Broncos. The Broncos have a bunch of question marks surrounding them. They do not have a experienced enough QB, the O-Line is subpar , and they have a shaky running game. If Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch breaks out than the Broncos could be a decent team. I don’t think that will happen though. The Defense is still a top defense, but I don’t think that will be enough for Denver this year. Dolphins win.

Record 8-4

Week 14 (Patriots)- The Dolphins get revenge. This game is a home game. I really don’t know how , but the Dolphins will find a way to win this game. They will contain New England’s elite playmakers. The magic from last season will return , and the Dolphins will look like an elite team in this game. It will be a hard fought out win. Winning this game would be huge. Any time you beat the defending super bowl champ your team is seemingly on the right track.

Record 9-4

Week 15 (Bills)- The Dolphins play the Bills twice in the final three weeks. The Bills are a decent team. They have question marks, but they have potential. I don’t like this game for Miami. It feels like a trap game. Going to Buffalo late in the season is miserable. The game will be freezing. Nothing seems to stack up for Miami in this game. The Bills pick up a cheap win where most likely a lot of sloppy football will be played.

Record 9-5

Week 16 (Chiefs)- This game also does not favor Miami. For Starters the Chiefs are going to be a good team this season. They have a quick fast paced Offense that’s hard to stop, and they have a elite defense. Second off its a away game. The Chiefs have one of the crazier crowds in football. Finally once again it’s going to be very cold. All of this does not favor the Dolphins. The Dolphins have a better chance wining against the Bills in Week 15 rather than this game. Dolphins will suffer another loss.

Record 9-6

Week 17 (Bills) – The Dolphins will win this game. They come back home after a lengthy road trip , and impress their fans. They will kill the Bills in this game to cap off their season. They will finish the season 10-6 following this game. This game will most likely also lock them up to another postseason trip.

Record 10-6

I have the Dolphins going 10-6 , and grabbing one of the wildcard spots. This year will be a fun year for Dolphins fans. They have possibly one of the most exciting offenses in the NFL. They also have now a much improved defense. The Dolphins are no joke anymore. They are a contending team, and they feel they have a lot to prove because they don’t think they get the respect they deserve. Should be a fun year for Dolphin Fans!